Author: Andrea Whatcott

A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Dear UVU,  Ten years ago, when I first made the decision to come to, then UVSC, I could not have anticipated the road I would take to get to where I am today. After stepping away from school in 2004 to take care of my dying mother and raise my daughter, I did not anticipate ever coming back, let alone ever graduating. It just seemed so impossible.   Four years, the loss of my mother and one more daughter later, however, I felt the need to return. It was a drive I could not shake. And so, in the...

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Voting closes, new Exec Council crosses team lines

When the final vote count came in for the 2012-2013 Executive Council, candidates and students alike were surprised by the split across team lines.   Chad Workman, of Team Impact was announced as the new Student Body President. Jared Roberts of Team EXElerate will be the Executive Vice President. Erin Haskell and Clara LeFevre of Team Impact will be Vice President for Academics and Vice President of Activities, respectively.   And Elizabeth Miller will be Vice President for UV Clubs.   With a voting turnout of 8.9 percent, higher than the past few years, only 2,302 out of 25,806...

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UVUSA debate recap: what went well, what could have been better

On day two of the most heated UVUSA student elections in years, the candidate groups took center stage – literally.   Teams EXELerate, Impact and Aspire each made their case for student votes in front of a packed Centre Stage in the student center, Tuesday. The student government hopefuls responded to questions formulated before the debate as well as those issued by students in attendance.   Many of the questions touched on financial concerns as well as other issues that have come to light in the last few weeks, a result of increased attention on what had been – until this year – an anticlimactic voting process.   Under the new level of scrutiny and interest, each team made its best attempt to assert their own views, plans and ideals while occasionally discrediting those of others. Here’s a look at how they did.   TEAM IMPACT   Where they did well   ·      With EXELerate and Aspire actively trying to discredit each other before and during the debate, Impact entered Tuesday as a relative unknown. It was clear, however, that some students were impressed with Impact’s student involvement, a quality and experience the team stressed several times in the debate.   Several of the team’s members are actively involved in various activities and organizations most non-political students could identify with (dance, LDSSA, CAL, etc.), making Impact a more appealing...

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Local couple share their love story to win dream engagement ring

Every love story hopes to have a “Brilliant Beginning” that will lead to the happy ever after. For Brooke Porter and Garrett Wahlquist they found a way to add to their already beautiful love story, with Goldsmith Co. Jewelers’ “Brilliant Beginnings” contest. According to their Facebook page, Goldsmith is looking for that one love story, “the one that leads to a lifetime of romance and love.” The contest, intended for locals only, has been neck and neck between Wahlquist and Porter and another couple from the East Coast, who entered the contest before Goldsmith was able to specify that it was only a local giveaway. The couple with the most “likes” on their love story video will win. The Wahlquist/Porter video can be viewed here, www.YouTube.com. Wahlquist, a Community Health major here at UVU and Porter, an Exercise Science major at BYU were introduced last summer through a mutual friend. And after that first meeting, as they say, the rest was history. They have spent nearly every day together since. “We are planning on getting married this summer, and we both agree it will not come fast enough,” Porter said. “We are so in love!” Like any couple looking to get married, the two began searching for rings. After narrowing down the choices to three, Wahlquist discovered the Goldsmith contest and talked Porter into making a video with him...

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Utah Valley Artists on Etsy

Talking to the Trees on Etsy by Andrea Whatcott Editor-in-chief   Sites: http://talk2thetrees.blogspot.com http://talk2thetrees.com http://treetalker.etsy.com http://facebook.com/talk2thetreesart   Rachel TreeTalker is an artist. From the time she was little, it was all she wanted to do.   Her dad, like any loving father, cautioned her that she might become the cliche, “the starving artist.” “And that’s what I am,” she said. But doing what she does is “the best decision of my life, I get to be creative.”   But TreeTalker’s Etsy shop opened up for business in 2010 because she was bored. At the time, TreeTalker was moving around a lot because of her ex-husband’s work.   “I learned how to knit because I wanted a hat,” TreeTalker said. But she couldn’t just stop at one. Soon there were so many hats, something had to be done with them, so she opened up an Etsy shop and since then she’s sold over a 1000 hats.   With the success and profits of her shop, TreeTalker, who was on the other side of the country and in a bad marriage, was able to save enough money to rent a car, drive home and get a divorce. “I am very grateful for it,” she said.   A year after opening her hat shop, TreeTalker took her childhood talent and dream and opened up her art shop where she sells her paintings....

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